This year’s Black History Month celebration has come and many argue that acknowledging African American history and achievements shouldn’t be crammed into the shortest month of the year. Although there are many museums and tourist attractions that focus on African American history throughout the country, there wasn’t one that did so on a worldview level … until now. The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture will open its doors this Fall (to the public) after five years of construction.
The Smithsonian museums are known for producing breathtaking historical experiences. The newly constructed Museum of African American History and Culture will be the Smithsonian’s 19TH fully loaded exhibition center.
The museum’s establishment was signed into legislation by George W. Bush in 2003. Since the start of its construction in 2011, there has been a great show of support and generosity from small and large corporations who have made notable financial donations and charitable contributions.
“The stories, art and culture of African Americans are vibrant and important narratives in our nation’s history,” said Fred Humphries, corporate vice president of U.S. government affairs for Microsoft. “Microsoft is proud to support the museum and bring these perspectives to life in a powerful and enriching experience” (courtesy of EURweb.com by way of Black America Web.
American Express Corporation and The Boeing Company both reportedly donated a minimum or exceeded $3 million each.
“Other recent donations include $1 million from the Alfred Street Baptist Church, a $10 million gift from David Rubenstein, $1 million from MGM Resorts International and $1 million from Altria Group” retrieved from Black America Web via EURweb.com.
The museum will open to the public Sept. 24 with 11 inaugural exhibitions covering major periods of African American history, including the slave trade, segregation, the civil rights movement, the Harlem Renaissance and the election of the nation’s first African American president.
This new museum sounds like an experience for every person, regardless of color or race. It’s one thing to see Black history shows, programs, exhibits, etc., but it’s another thing to be presented with a designated gallery of Black culture and history executed through the eyes of the federal government. EGL is excited about this monumental development and strongly encourages all of our readers to take part in history as America welcomes into existence this phenomenal new museum.
Written By: Bridgette Dowdell, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic